This summer, BETC’s Writers Group of local playwrights presents a Monday night reading series of plays in progress.
Each week, you’ll hear a new play from a Colorado playwright, read by BETC Ensemble members and other guest artists. These table readings are a chance for the playwrights to hear their writing out loud, as actors bring it off the page for the first time. The writers then get valuable feedback from the actors and from our audience. After each reading, we’ll hear what you have to say about these exciting new scripts!
Play readings are free to attend, but we ask that you RSVP in advance because seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30, readings begin at 7 p.m. at BETC East (10835 Dover Street Suite 200, Westminster, Colorado).
June 3: Jenny Stafford, Secret Hour
Thirty-five year old Kate, a professor of Ethics, has only one rule for her students: do not lie to her. However, as Kate and her husband struggle to have a baby, she finds herself in an ethical dilemma of her own. A play exploring the expectations of womanhood, motherhood, ethics, and the space between right and wrong.
June 10: Heather Beasley, The Second
A moonlighting bricklayer’s first play is so controversial, he’s arrested. The censors close down all the theatres in London, so no one can produce it…or anything else. To bounce back from his first debacle, Ben writes another script in an attempt to win a bar bet. His real prize: the chance to work with Will, as he learns how to become the second greatest playwright in town. A writers’ story of rivalry, friendship, making art, and making history. Also a mostly true story about the creation of Much Ado About Nothing and Every Man in His Humour.
June 17: Jihad Milhem, Orphalese
Loretta is a paranoid schizophrenic. She lives in a cheap motel room with her young adult daughter, Kendra. Kendra has a gun, working multiple jobs to make ends meet. They both drink heavily to function. Lately, Loretta’s been reciting THE PROPHET by Kahlil Gibran verbatim. Neither of them recognize the quotes, but cannot explain these recent episodes. Kendra thinks it’s just Loretta’s schizophrenia, but Loretta knows it’s something else. Both Loretta and Kendra must come to terms with who they are and what these messages from Khalil Gibran’s THE PROPHET mean to them.
June 24: Cate Wiley, Two Truths and a Lie: RSVP
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Di really needs to stop living in her car. She takes on a night class in memoir at Mohawk Community College, hoping to land a full-time teaching job. Her mismatched students bring their own agendas to class: Samantha doodles instead of writing, when she isn’t high; George comes late; Bobbi talks too much; May barely says a word; and Eileen threatens to quit because Di is not the famous man who was supposed to teach. Everybody has histories to reveal. Some of them are even true. When violence claims one of the group, are stories enough to put things back together?
July 1: Matthew Schneck, We are Going Nowhere: RSVP
In far north Alaska, Steve and Kate, recent transplants from the Lower 48, are invited over for dinner by the only neighbors they have within miles of their new home. What was supposed to be a pleasant, albeit brief evening, evolves and devolves into something much more revealing, and even dangerous, than any of them had ever expected. Join Steve & Kate & Will & Hillary at the far tip of the world in this dark comedy, where we are reminded that Nature always wins in the end.
July 8: Josh Hartwell, countenance: RSVP
Reclusive Dale is a rabid fan of the original 1980s Friday the 13th movies, but for greater reasons than just that he enjoys them. He has seen real terror in his life, and struggles with prosopagnosia (an inability to recognize faces) and considerable social anxiety. His compassionate neighbor Tony attempts to liberate Dale from seclusion. To teach him to engage and interact with other people, some warm and some bitter cold. But is it better to live in self-prescribed isolation where Dale is comfortable, or should he try to be part of a society that is becoming more self-centered, more intolerant, more hateful?
July 15: Luke Sorge, Taco Town: RSVP
It can’t get worse than working in fast food. That’s why the crew of employees at Taco Town decides not to open the restaurant one day. The situation quickly spirals out of control, though, when their boss – “The Mayor of Taco Town” – calls the police, turning a principled labor protest into an unwitting hostage situation. As this comedy unfolds in real time, the employees confront the consequences, and limits, of standing up for one another. Maybe it can get worse than working in fast food.